The Next Car is the Sleeping Car. After eventually laying down in the single bed, each person has an encounter.
Annie is Confronted by her father, he informs her that she isn’t paying enough attention to the details, that she is not seeing the path correctly, and that she is too distracted, he compels her “Ooh Shiny” Aspect trying to break her of it so she will pay better attention to whats going on.
Liam is Confronted by the Arch Angel Suriel. His faith is put the to the test noting that he is straying farther and farther to his fae nature. He needs to return to gods light and abandon this quest for false idols. He compels his “Thy will be done” aspect with good ole fashion catholic guilt. Liam eventually resists by focusing on his loved ones and helping them.
Cole is Confronted by his Great Great Grandfather, Listens to Wind. He is Compelled by his “Red Court Warpath” Aspect to give up this silly chase after an ancient goddess and to focus on the war and saving his sister. He agrees with the old wizard and begins to leave but then is compelled by his aspect “Sundance Kid” acknowledging that he being tested and that he’s been through worse tests.
Next they enter the elaborate dining car. The entire right side of the car is a bar stocked with every booze known to man (and some unknown). after sitting at the 3 bar stools the tick tock man appears behind the bar dressed like an old western bartender. He offers them a deal, he will answer any question that he knows the answer to, the price is that they must have 1 drink (of their choice) per question asked. Cole and Liam end up having 2 drinks each, and Annie has one. They Learn:
- That they will see Cole’s sister at the weigh station next stop
- That Red Masque is just like all Red Court, Gutting him, fire, sunlight are his greatest weakness, they also learn that he primarily uses Fire Evocations.
The Train pulls to a stop and the weigh station. Everyone gets out and walks on to the platform. 50 yards away in a field they see a ripple and Cole’s Sister, 4 Red Court Vampires, and Red Masque walk through. Cole’s Sister is forced to open another “way” through the never never and they begin to move towards it. Hesitation and Alcohol get the best of everyone and a few reactions are late before Cole’s sister and 2 red court are through. the 2 full bat-vampire reds charge the group, Cole and Annie release attacks on the Reds and Liam tries to skewer Red Masque with Ice. It is easily deflected. Noticing now that their powers are weakened (from the trains alcohol) they dispatch the 2 Reds and Cole lets loose a huge bolt of lightening at Red Masque, he deflects most of it but his right arm is damaged. The blinding power of the lightening blinds Cole (temporarily?) and Red Masque passes through the “Way”.
Everyone re boards the train.